The Centre has ordered the blocking of YouTube videos that broadcast the first episode of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi BBC documentary. Twitter has also been directed to block more than 50 tweets that contain links to YouTube videos.
The directions were reportedly issued by Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Friday using the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021. Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs had described the BBC documentary as a “propaganda piece” that lacked objectivity and reflected a colonial mindset.
Senior officials of the Union Home Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, and Information and Broadcasting Ministry examined the documentary amid controversy over it, which the Ministry of External Affairs refers to as a propaganda piece, and discovered that it was an attempt to cast doubt on the legitimacy and authority of the Supreme Court of India.
The two-part BBC documentary claims it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.
“The documentary was accordingly found to be undermining sovereignty and integrity of India, and having the potential to adversely impact India’s friendly relations with foreign States as also public order within the country,” sources said.